Mixed Media Paintings 2019
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Blue Carbon, 2019, Watercolor, archival ink jet print on laser cut Arches paper, 30 x 45 inches

Carbon captured in the Earth's oceans and coastal ecosystems, is referred to as Blue Carbon. Salt marshes, tidal bodies, the slough of the Everglades, for example, provide a natural way of reducing the impact of greenhouse gases.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Greenbrae Duff, 2019, Watercolor, archival pigment print on paper and Plexiglass, 41.5 x 32.5 inches

Duff – the decaying matter covering forest floors-- stores as much carbon at ground level as the trees do overhead. Duff plays a significant role in combating dangerous increases of carbon in the atmosphere, which results from climate change.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Sido’s Cactus, 2019, Watercolor, archival pigment print on paper and Plexiglas, 26.75 x 40 inches

The author Collette wrote a story about her mother, Sido’s, epiphyllum which is a short-lived, night blooming cactus. Her story reminds us of life’s ephemeral nature and the precious choices we are often forced to make.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
White Death, 2019, Watercolor, archival ink jet print on Arches paper and framing Plexiglas, 34 x 47.75 inches

White death syndrome is decimating coral reefs worldwide. Coral colonies coexist with an algae which nourish the coral. Pollution and warming sea temperatures are killing the algae, thus starving the corals. Dead reefs, devoid of the life giving algae, turn a stark white. The Plexi print depicts microscopic zooxanthellae leaving the colonies dissipating as they rise.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Death by Fig, 2019, Watercolor on paper and Plexiglas, 36.25 x 23 inches

The Strangler Fig invades healthy hosts by casting seeds from the height of its branches which grow downward toward roots and trunks. After several years the encased host will die because it is deprived of the ability to turn sunlight into nutrients.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Strangler Fig, 2019, Watercolor and archival ink jet print on laser cut paper, 39 x 28.5 inches

Because of the density of foliage blocking rain and light the floor of a rainforest can be a difficult place for seedlings to grow. Ficus aurea, The Strangler Fig, invades healthy host by casting seeds from the height of their branches. Roots and limbs grow downward in unlikely patterns. After several years the encased tree dies, deprived of their means of turning sunlight into nutrients.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Holey Leaves, Emerald, 2018, Watercolor on laser cut paper, 24 x 36 inches

Invasive insects, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, chew holes in the leaves of mature trees, defoliating the branches. After several summers of o damage the trees die, deprived of their means of turning sunlight into nutrients. The holes in the leaves were laser cut. The images painted after the cutting.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Holey Leaves, Violet, 2019, Watercolor on laser cut Arches paper, 24 x 36 inches

Invasive insects, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, chew holes in the leaves of mature trees, defoliating the branches. After several summers of damage the trees die, deprived of their means of turning sunlight into nutrients. The holes in the leaves were laser cut, The images painted after the cutting.
CHRISTINE NEILL Mixed Media Paintings 2019
Hidden in the Slag, 2019, Watercolor, archival ink jet print on Arches paper and framing Plexiglas, 33 x 41 inches

I attended a residency at The Studios of Key West in December ’17-January ’18, three months after destructive Hurricane Irma
ripped up the Florida Peninsula. Leaving piles of manufactured and plant debris throughout Southern FL. At Everglades NP we questioned a ranger about water flow through the park and creatures found there, asking specifically about Burmese Python. She replied “Oh, they’re there, but you’ll never see them.” It became a metaphor as we explored Key West;
some were at once obvious, some hidden in the background, intriguing or ugly, sometimes we saw them at once; others were revealed slowly later with a surprise.